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Yes! We will always recommend the selection of drainage garden planters and pots, especially if you are testing the water in your watering capacity. It’s absolutely possible to render planters with a little finesse without drainage. It’s best to try to pour no more than 1/3 of the bottle capacity into the bowl. You may also line the bottom of the planter with lava rocks or anything close to create crevices for excess water to flow into. These methods will definitely help to reduce the chances of root rot.
When we speak about plants, we sometimes refer to them in sizes or inches. This does not apply to the planter at all but refers to the diameter of the planter pot in which it is grown. For example, a 4 “plant refers to a plant growing in a 4” diameter pot, regardless of the size of the plant it comes in a 4 “high x 4” wide pot. These measuring criteria are used to manage variation of height and plant forms. A cactus that fits into a 4 “pot can be 1″ or 1 ft. tall. When choosing a pot, choose a pot that is 1-2″ larger than the current pot size if the plant is currently in a 10” pot or smaller. If your current pot size is >10”, choose a pot that is 2-3” larger in diameter.
First things first: repotting doesn’t quite involve changing the current planter of a plant, but instead changing the soil or potting mix. Fresh garden soil nutrients that are different. If you enjoy your present planter, this is wonderful news, but if you want to buy a new one, that’s good, too. Try to maintain the scale no more than 3 “larger in diameter for tabletop planters while you are changing garden planters, and no more than 6” larger in diameter for ground planters.
Your new planter can only need to be an inch bigger if you’re repotting a very small plant! The size here is significant because we will usually be more likely to water more frequently as we move our plants to a bigger pot with more soil. A tiny plant with an oversized planter and plenty of soil with too much water means murdering your plant unintentionally. You don’t want your plant to float in the dirt, but rather have a little extra space for the year ahead to expand.
It’s always a little fun to get dirty and, most importantly, it’s good for your plant. When you buy a new plant, it is possible that it has already overgrown. Overgrown plants look bright and new from the greenhouse, but without careful repotting, the plant would die in attempts to match the plastic jar you came in. Thus, repotting your plant also gives it a fresh potting mixture to grow in. Not only will the plant be able to sustain its existing height, but it will also be able to grow bigger. Initially, repotting doesn’t always mean going up a pot size. Repotting could mean changing the old potting mixture that has degraded the nutrients.
Obviously, it depends on how vigorously they grow, plants usually need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months. For years, some slow growers may call the same pot home, but they would only require replacement of the soil. Springtime is typically the perfect time to repot your houseplants, before the beginning of the growing season.
If you see one of these signals or a combination of them, you’ll feel it is time for repotting:
Here’s what you want to have handy:
Switch the new plant sideways, gently grasp it by the stems or leaves, and before the plant slips out, touch the bottom of its current container. With a couple of soft tugs on the base of the roots, you might need to give it some support.
In your palms, loosen the plant’s roots softly. You should prune off some extra long threadlike roots, just make sure that the thicker roots are left at the base of the foliage. If your plant is root attached, the roots expand along the base of the plant in very close loops, unbinding the roots as best you can and giving them a trim.
Remove around one third or so of the plant’s surrounding potting mix. Your plant absorbed some of the nutrients in the present mix as it expanded, so if you’re potting it anyway, you’ll want to give it a fresh mix!
Through the new planter, pour a coat of fresh potting soil and pack it down, eliminating any pockets of air. Before applying the potting mix, layer the bottom with lava rocks or the like (rocks, dirt, etc.) if your new planter does not have a drainage hole. The purpose is to create crevices, away from the roots of your plant, for the excess water to pool in.
Set the plant you removed from the growing pot in the new planter on top of the fresh layer of mix, make sure it is centered, and apply the potting mix around the plant until it is healthy. As you want the roots to breathe, make careful not to pack too much dirt into the planter.
Water well, even out the potting soil on top, and enjoy!